Dog fouling

The Fouling of Land by Dogs (The Borough Council of Bolton) Order 2007 designates land throughout the whole of Bolton Borough where dog owners must clean up if their dog fouls the ground. It includes all public land, thoroughfares and areas adjoining or granting access to public buildings. Only land which is used as farmland, woodland, marshland, moor or heath land and common land is excluded from the control order.

Bolton Council operates a zero tolerance approach to dog fouling offences. Failure to clean up quickly and permanently after your dog is an offence for which you may receive either a fixed penalty fine of £75 or you may be prosecuted in the Magistrates Court. This can result in a fine of up to £1,000.

How to report an issue?

Report dog fouling online

Service standards

  • We aim to respond to all complaints about dog fouling within seven working days
  • We aim to complete investigations within 60 working days
  • We aim to inform all complainants about the outcome of our investigations
  • We aim to deal with all people in a courteous and helpful manner  

Stray dogs

The moment a dog is out unsupervised in a public area it is a stray. A dog can also be seized with the permission of a land owner where a dog is straying on private land and it is unauthorised to do so.

When a dog is seized by the dog warden, it will be checked to see if it has been micro chipped or has a tag that displays the owner details. If the warden is able to locate an owner then they may, in some circumstances, return the dog to its owner providing they are able to make immediate contact with them.

Dogs will be kennelled if:

  • immediate contact cannot be made. A notification will be left at the address informing the owner that the dog has been seized;
  • We have a record of a dog owner has previously allowing dog(s) to stray;
  • the warden is unable to scan a dog for identification due to the dog behaving aggressively or acting in such a manner that a reading cannot be obtained.

Kennelled dogs will not be released until the sum of £88.40 has been paid. Dogs will be kennelled for 7 days, during which time you may collect the dog. After seven days the dog becomes the property of the kennel holding the dog who may then wish to sell the dog on.

The council employs a contractor to oversee stray dog issues outside of normal office hours and during weekend/bank holiday periods. The contractor has the discretion to charge for the return of a dog where immediate contact can be made with the owner. This charge is currently prescribed at £77.

What should I do if I find a stray?

If you find a stray dog, you are required by law to return it to the owner or to contact our dog warden service Monday to Friday between the hours of 8am -5pm. If you find a stray dog outside of normal office hours please contact Animal Wardens on 0161 3340042 who provide out of hours service including weekends and bank holidays.

Dog Control Unit

Ellesmere House

Mayor Street Depot

Ellesmere Street

Bolton

BL3 5DT

Telephone 01204 336632
Fax 01204 336698

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